Execution by ASIO of search warrants in Canberra

3 December 2013

I confirm that today, ASIO executed search warrants at addresses in Canberra, and documents and electronic media were taken into possession.  The warrants were issued by me on the grounds that the documents contained intelligence related to security matters. 

I have seen reports this evening containing allegations that the warrants were issued in order to affect or impede the current arbitration between Australia and Timor-Leste at The Hague.  Those allegations are wrong. 

I have instructed ASIO that the material taken into possession is not under any circumstances to be communicated to those conducting those proceedings on behalf of Australia.